SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association

Canadian Dermatology Association

June 04, 2015 07:00 ET

Even Tough Mudders Need Sun Protection, Dermatologists Warn

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - June 04, 2015) - When it comes to outdoor activities, sunbathing has lost its shine, while innovative new athletic events like the Colour Run, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race are all the rage. That's why this year, during Sun Awareness Week, from June 1 to June 7, the Canadian Dermatology Association is appealing to outdoor enthusiasts with a cautionary message about sun safety.

"As physicians, we love the trend toward healthy outdoor activities, but as dermatologists, we're asking people not to let sun protection get lost in all the fun," said Dr. Jennifer Beecker, chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Advisory Board.

"When you're engrossed in what you're doing and losing track of time, that's when you're likely to forget about the rules of sun safety, and with soaring UV indexes, you're going to be putting yourself at risk of skin cancer."

This is particularly true of people working up a sweat or going into the water, because these activities will wash away sunscreen.

"There is a misconception that some sunscreens are waterproof. The truth is that they are water resistant, and while that's a great feature, they still need to be reapplied frequently," said Dr. Beecker.

Before heading out on your Tough Mudder (a demanding obstacle course intended to test mental and physical grit) or perhaps just a round of golf or friendly tennis match, consider the following.

Slop yourself. With broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, that is. It should have an SPF of at least 30. Use lots - about two to three tablespoons for your body and a teaspoon for your face. If your hair is thinning, then remember to put some on your scalp as well. And apply it even if there are clouds, because UV radiation goes right through clouds like they were, well, clouds.

Slop yourself again. Reapply sunscreen frequently - even water-resistant sunscreen. This is particularly important if you are working up a sweat or going into the water.

Choose your time wisely. Avoid the deadly 11 a.m. to 3p.m. period if you can - that's when the UV rays are strongest.

Hug the trees. Opt for shade whenever possible. Runners and hikers can choose their routes accordingly.

Dress for success. Choose clothes with longer sleeves and legs. Some stores even carry SPF-rated clothing now. Wear a hat with a broad brim that goes all the way around. If you must wear a baseball cap, then be generous with the sunscreen on your neck and ears. Sunglasses can help protect your eyes. "Wraparound" style sunglasses are best.

Be aware of altitude. Take extra care if you're on high hills and mountains; with every 300-metre increase in altitude, UV radiation levels increase by 4 percent.

Sun Awareness Week
The Canadian Dermatology Association has organized a nation-wide Sun Awareness Week in early summer since 1989. The aim is to educate Canadians about the dangers of too much sun and to help stop the rising incidence of skin cancer in Canada. This year's Sun Awareness Week goes from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7.

About the CDA
The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents Canadian dermatologists. The association provides easy access to the largest, most reliable source of medical knowledge on dermatology. CDA exists to advance the science and art of medicine and surgery related to the care of the skin, hair and nails; provide continuing professional development for its members; support and advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. By doing so, CDA informs and empowers both medical professionals and the Canadian public.

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